Constantine Costi is a Sydney based writer, opera and theatre director, and co-artistic director of Redline Productions at the Old Fitz Theatre.
His projects for 2020 included the directing of the film A Delicate Fire for Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia’s La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, and a libretto commission for the Victorian Opera.
For the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Constantine directed Karakorum starring David Wenham, the award-winning production of Bittersweet Obsessions, and Händel’s Messiah which played to standing ovations and sell-out seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
For Opera Australia, Constantine was co-director of Werther with director Elijah Mojinsky; was revival director of Il Viaggio a Reims directed by Damiano Michieletto in a co-production of the Dutch National Opera, Opera Australia, and Royal Danish Opera; and was assistant director of Wozzeck directed by William Kentridge in a co-production between Salzburg Festival, Opera Australia, Canadian Opera Company, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Constantine directed and co-created (with siblings Michael and Rosemarie Costi) the world premiere of jazz musical The Overcoat for The Belvoir Street Theatre’s 25A Program. Constantine was also revival director for Sir David Mc Vicar’s Vienna State Opera production of Falstaff for the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing; and revival director for Opera Australia’s production of La Traviata starring Nicole Car in her international debut as Violetta for which she won a Helpmann Award for her performance.
Constantine also directed Puccini’s Suor Angelica for Opera Projects Sydney; co-wrote the immersive theatre experience Visiting Hours for Sydney’s Vivid Festival (which had a sold-out return season in 2018); directed Puccini’s Il Tabarro at Alfie’s Sydney; and directed The Space between the Fuel and the Fire for NIDA.
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.